Thursday, August 04, 2005

The Primer 

Juan Cole explains it all. With copious illustrations.

UPDATE: At TPM Cafe, Ivo Daalder says that the name change from GWOT (Global War on Terror) to GSAVE (Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism) is a significant and a salubrious one:
GSAVE's focus is on transnational networks rather than on states, on extremist ideology rather than on terrorist tactics, on a multidimensional struggle rather than on military combat, on working with others rather than on going it alone. In short, it represents a repudiation of the last four years of American policy.

Which raises this question: How seriously should we take the change?

The answer isn't as obvious as you'd think, given who's driving the change. It's clear that this isn't some Roveian response to declining public support for the president and his policies. Rather, the driving force behind the effort to recast the fight against radical jihadism is the Pentagon, which has borne the brunt of that fight . . . .

[The Pentagon's] "National Military Strategic Plan for the War on Terrorism," according to U.S. News and World Report, "examines the nature of the antiterror war in depth, lays out a detailed road map for prosecuting it, and establishes a score card to determine where and whether progress is being made." It defines the treat as "Islamist extremism" that form part of a "global web of enemy networks." It recognizes that the fight against this enemy cannot be won with military might alone. And it makes clear that gaining the support from other countries are critical to success.
UPDATE II: Bush to Pentagon: Fuck you, Pentagon! Bush to Daalder: Fuck you, Daalder! Ain't Gonna Be No Struggle President.

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